Michael 'Doc' Allred grew up in the 60's and 70's and was surrounded with the best in pop culture and a steady diet of music, movies and comic books including the three B's: Beatles, Bond and Batman to the point of obsession.

So it should come as no surprise that he keeps a hand in film and music (He's the lead singer and guitarist for The Gear), but comic books have always been a seminal source of joy for Mike and that joy remains the main ingredient in most of his work.

Allred first tasted success in the comics field with his wildly popular MADMAN series, which is currently being developed for a live action film with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. His earlier work from GRAFIK MUZIK was turned into the cult hit movie G-Men from Hell directed by Christopher Coppola (featuring Robert Goulet as the Devil). Other work includes Red Rocket 7, his history of Rock and Roll told in the context of a sci-fi adventure storyl the Madman spin-off THE ATOMICS and his magnum opus, THE GOLDEN PLATES, where he's illustrating the entire Book of Mormon.

Mike counts the secret to his success to be his wife, and creative partner, Laura Allred, who is is considered to be one of the best colorists in the business.

FAQs

COMICS - General

What art supplies do you use to do your work?
How DOES Laura create those amazing, award-winning colors?
Who are your favorite creators in the comics industry today?
What about the creators from the Golden and Silver Ages?
How did you break into comics originally? What's the "secret origin" of Michael Allred?
Any words of advice for aspiring creators?


COMICS - Madman & the Atomics

Where did Madman first appear and who is this Frank Einstein person anyway?
What are the different series that Madman has appeared in?
Who are the Atomics?
When will Madman and the Atomics be back?
Where can I get collections of these comics? What collections are there?


COMICS - Red Rocket 7

What is Red Rocket 7?
Where can I get it?
What's this movie and CD that is supposed to tie into it?


COMICS - The Golden Plates

What are the Golden Plates?
How many issues will this series run?
Will it be collected?
Where can I get the Golden Plates?


COMICS - Other Work

What else have you done?

MOVIES

What are your favorite movies?
How do these movies influence your work?
What is Astroesque?
What's "Mike Allred's G-Men from Hell?"
I also heard something about Eyes to Heaven. What is your involvement with that?
Where can I get these movies?
I keep hearing about a Madman movie in the works. What can you say?


MUSIC

What are your favorite bands?
How does music influence your work?
Who are the Gear?
Where can I listen to their music?
What instruments do you play?
Just how many guitars DO you have?


COMICS - General

What art supplies do you use to do your work?
A clicker pencil. windsor and Newton Series 7 bruches and india ink (usually Higgin's Black Magic)

How DOES Laura create those amazing, award-winning colors?
Magic!

Who are your favorite creators in the comics industry today?
Ouch! Lots of folks! I try to avoid lists where I might forget somebody. But I have to say Darwyn Cooke's Final Frontier was one of the best projects I've seen in years and James Jean's covers are KILLER!

What about the creators from the Golden and Silver Ages?
Oh Yeah! Jack Kirby, Bruno Premiani, Will Eisner, Alex Toth, Jack Cole, Johnny Craig, Joe Kubert, Will Elder, Wally Wood, Bernie Krigstein, to name a few.

How did you break into comics originally? What's the "secret origin" of Michael Allred?
The short story: I wrote a screenplay called DEAD AIR and started story boarding it when I friend named Charlie Custis gave me some comics (I'd stopped buying comics for years) that lit me up, specifically The Hernadez Brothers work on Mister X and Frank Miller's Dark Knight returns. So I was inspired to draw DEAD AIR eventually making it a Graphic Novel. It got published even though I hated my skills and set about improving with another project, then another, and soon it became a career that took me from my broadcasting career--and they all lived happily ever after.

Any words of advice for aspiring creators?
If you love it keep doing it for yourself, if you get good enough people will flock to it.

COMICS - Madman & the Atomics

Where did Madman first appear and who is this Frank Einstein person anyway?
Frank Einstein first appeared almost simultaneously in Creatures Of The Id and Grafik Muzik, I then put a costume on him for the first three-issue series MADMAN and it took off from there.

What are the different series that Madman has appeared in?
MADMAN (the original 2-color series), MADMAN Adventures (3-issues), MADMAN Comics (20 issues), Madman Jam (2-issues), Superman Madman (3-issues), Nexus Meets Madman (one-shot), The Atomics (15 issues), Mr. Gum (one-shot), and It Girl (one-shot). And The MADMAN KING-SiZE SUPER GROOVY SPECIAL. Next: MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS

Who are the Atomics?
A group of Street Beatniks mutated by alien spores that gave them unique powers.

When will Madman and the Atomics be back?
Madman is back! Get to your local comic shop and ask for Madman Atomic Comics, available from Image Comics, today!

Where can I get collections of these comics? What collections are there?
Comic Book Stores. Everything is still available in collections listed above respectively. The Madman Gargantua is now available that collects darn near EVERY Madman story in one volume!

COMICS - Red Rocket 7

What is Red Rocket 7?
The seventh clone of a man from another world who ends up interacting with the history of rock and roll.

Where can I get it?
Comic shops and ebay.

What's this movie and CD that is supposed to tie into it?
ASTROESQUE was an "no-budget" indy film which coincides with it as does my band, THE GEAR'S album, SON OF RED ROCKET 7.

COMICS - The Golden Plates

What are the Golden Plates?
A graphic novel series illustrating THE BOOK OF MORMON.

How many issues will this series run?
My best estimate is 10 to 12 issues.

Will it be collected?
I hope so.

Where can I get the Golden Plates?
Comic shops and book stores like Deseret Book.

COMICS - Other Work

What else have you done?
Sandman, X-Force, X-Statix, DC SOLO, Spider-man, Iron Man, Catwoman, Teen Titans, and stuff I can't think of right now.

MOVIES

What are your favorite movies?
A Hard Day's Night, Star Wars, Mad Max, Lord Of The Rings, Good The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and lots of other stuff.

How do these movies influence your work?
They light up my imagination and put me in a creative mood that turns up a desire to do better work.

What is Astroesque?
My Red Rocket 7 spin off home movie.

What's "Mike Allred's G-Men from Hell?"
I'm not quite sure. It's actually a comic book movie based on my Grafik Muzik series directed by Christopher Coppola.

I also heard something about Eyes to Heaven. What is your involvement with that?
That's a creepy little horror flick I produced for my friend Shane Hawks out of appreciation for his help on Astroesque.

Where can I get these movies?
I'm not sure if they are available any more. Try ebay.

I keep hearing about a Madman movie in the works. What can you say?
Only that it's been slowly coming together for several years now with Robert Rodroguez and seems to be gearing up to start shooting in '06.

MUSIC

What are your favorite bands?
Beatles, Bowie, The Who, The Stones, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mott The Hoople, to name only a few.

How does music influence your work?
It puts pictures in my head.

Who are the Gear?
Me (Vocals and guitar), Connor Bond (Guitar and vocals), and Michael Hahn (bass, beats and vocals).
Bond was originally the drummer but has excelled into guitar phenomenon status so we need another drummer now.

Where can I listen to their music?
CD and online.

What instruments do you play?
Guitar and some keyboard.

Just how many guitars DO you have?
Now I'm down to four. A Gretsch Super Axe, a John Lennon Ricky, a Fender Jaguar, and a poor boy's acoustic. At my most indulgent I had 26 including a Les Paul Gold Top, A red Metropolitan, 12-string Ricky hollow body...ridiculous.
Now I could be happy with just my Super Axe.

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